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Purchasing and procurement


As a non-corporate Commonwealth entity, our purchasing and procurement policies and practices are consistent with:

  • all relevant Commonwealth legislation
  • the Australian Government financial framework, including the Commonwealth Procurement Rules
  • the Chief Executive Instructions and relevant Clean Energy Regulator policies, and
  • the Indigenous procurement policy.

All open tender opportunities of $80 000 and above (inclusive of GST) are advertised on the AusTender website. We review all procurements of $50 000 and above (inclusive of GST) to ensure they are conducted in accordance with the procurement framework. Our procurement methods aim not to discriminate against small and medium-sized enterprises.

We update our Annual Procurement Plan quarterly. This plan, available on the AusTender website, outlines the planned procurement for the forthcoming year. This gives prospective suppliers the opportunity to prepare for potential work with our agency.


We procure consultancy services in accordance with our procurement framework.

We awarded 13 new consultancy contracts during 2016–17, involving total actual expenditure of $2 108 881 (inclusive of GST).

Five consultancy contracts, involving total actual expenditure of $453 028 (inclusive of GST), were ongoing in 2016–17.

All consultancy contracts valued at $10 000 (inclusive of GST) or more awarded in 2016–17 are published on the AusTender website.

This annual report contains information about actual expenditure on contracts for consultancies. Information on the value of individual contracts for consultancies is available on the AusTender website.

Engagement of consultants

We engage consultants through fair and equitable processes, selecting multiple providers through panel or open tender processes and conducting a value for money assessment. We conduct all procurement activities in accordance with policies, regulations and legislative requirements.

Australian National Audit Office access clauses

Any contracts of $100 000 (inclusive of GST) or more awarded during 2016–17 included a provision for the Auditor-General to have access to the contractor’s premises.

Exempt contracts

In 2016–17 the Chair did not exempt any standing offer or contract in excess of $10 000 (inclusive of GST) from being published on the AusTender website36.

Procurement initiatives to support small business

We support small business participation in the Commonwealth Government procurement market. Small and medium enterprises and small enterprise participation statistics are available on the Department of Finance website.

Consistent with paragraph 5.4 of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules, we use the following initiatives and practices to support small and medium enterprises:

  • the Commonwealth Contracting Suite for low-risk procurements valued under $200 000
  • Australian Industry Participation Plans in whole of government procurement where applicable
  • the Small Business Engagement Principles (outlined in the Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda), such as communicating in clear, simple language and presenting information in an accessible format, and
  • electronic systems or other processes used to facilitate on-time payment performance, including the use of payment cards.

We recognise the importance of ensuring that small businesses are paid on time. The results of the Survey of Australian Government Payments to Small Business are available on the Treasury’s website.

We comply with the requirements set out in the Indigenous Procurement Policy. In 2016–17 we entered into six contracts and one sub-contracting arrangement for the supply of goods and services from Indigenous suppliers.

  1. Emissions Reduction Fund carbon abatement contracts are exempt.

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